Trump’s new press secretary Grisham has had 2 DUI arrests, including one while working for his 2016 campaign

From Politico:

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham had a “turbulent ascent” to her current role, according to a New York Times report, which included two arrests for driving under the influence — one of which while working for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

She was arrested for driving under the influence, speeding, and driving with an invalid license in 2013, according to the report, and the charges were later reduced to reckless driving. Grisham was also arrested for driving under the influence in December 2015, ultimately pleading guilty. She paid a fine and was ordered by the court into a treatment program.

Lake Zurich Trustee Beaudoin arrested for DUI

From the Daily Herald:

Lake Zurich Trustee Jim Beaudoin was charged with DUI last Thursday after police say he crashed his car into a sign post and a tree near the intersection of Prairie Lane and Cedar Street in the Heatherleigh subdivision near his Lake Zurich home.

Beaudoin, who was first elected to the village board in 2013, did not respond for comment Tuesday.

According to Lake Zurich police documents, at around 6:20 p.m. Beaudoin was driving west on Cedar Street and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Prairie Lane. He took the turn too wide, left the roadway, and his gray Audi A4 ran over a “No Outlet” sign and hit a tree.

According to statements given to police by several witnesses, whose names were redacted from the report, Beaudoin exited his car, surveyed the damage and threw some of the debris — including the sign, which had come detached from its post — into the back seat of his car. One witness in the report said that Beaudoin threw his hands in the air and appeared to be talking to himself, and another witness said he looked stressed.

Beaudoin then began walking away from the vehicle, reports said. A Lake Zurich police officer arrived on the scene and found that there was no driver. A nearby resident told the officer what the driver of the car looked like, and the officer set off south on Prairie Lane searching for him. Eventually the officer found Beaudoin, who lives on the 500 block of Dunhill Drive, near the intersection of Prairie Lane and Dunhill Drive, the reports said.

The officer asked Beaudoin what had happened, and Beaudoin’s response was redacted from the officer’s police report. The officer then asked Beaudoin if he needed an ambulance and Beaudoin declined. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Beaudoin’s breath as he spoke, reports said.

Another officer asked Beaudoin to perform a field sobriety test. What Beaudoin said and how he performed on the test was redacted from the police report. The officer told Beaudoin that, based on the crash, witness statements, physical evidence at the scene, his physical condition and the results of the field sobriety test, he was under arrest, suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Read the entire story here: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190326/lake-zurich-trustee-charged-with-dui-after-crash

Romeoville Mayor arrested for DUI

From the Chicago Tribune:

Hours after he delivered his annual State of the Village speech, Romeoville Mayor John Noak was arrested Thursday and charged with driving under the influence, village officials said.

According to a news release from the Police Department, police were called at 5:46 p.m. regarding a possible intoxicated driver driving west on Belmont Avenue. A short time after the call, police observed the vehicle driving west on Romeo Road just west of Belmont.

The officer stopped the vehicle, driven by Noak, and determined through a field sobriety test that Noak was driving under the influence, police said. Police could not provide Noak’s blood alcohol content. Noak refused to take a breath test or submit to a blood draw, Romeoville police Deputy Chief Steven Lucchesi said Friday.

Noak, who was elected in 2017 to his third term as mayor, was arrested and booked at the Romeoville Police Department, according to the news release. He posted his driver’s license and $100 as bond, Lucchesi said.

…Romeoville village manager Steve Gulden said Noak had delivered the State of the Village speech during a Romeoville Area Chamber of Commerce function at the Edward Hospital Athletic & Event Center, about a mile from where Noak was arrested.The event ran from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and alcohol was served. Gulden said he didn’t know if Noak had alcoholic beverages at the event. Gulden declined further comment.

DuPage Board Member Grant Eckhoff charged with DUI

From the Daily Herald (reported by Robert Sanchez):

A longtime DuPage County Board member, Grant Eckhoff, is facing a DUI charge after a traffic stop outside his Wheaton home.

Eckhoff, 55, of the 200 block of North Erie Street, was charged with one count of DUI and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, according to a Wheaton Police Department report.

Eckhoff was arrested around 8:30 p.m. March 2 at his home address, according to the report.

“He was, in fact, stopped in his own driveway,” Eckhoff’s attorney, Harry Smith, said. “He had a very calm interaction with the Wheaton Police Department. So there was nothing extraordinary or aggravated about the circumstance.”

Eckhoff declined to comment Wednesday and referred all questions to his attorney. Smith said his client might issue a statement after the case is resolved.

Smith said Eckhoff is planning to plead innocent to the DUI charge. He also said Eckhoff has automotive insurance but didn’t have a valid insurance card with him.

Eckhoff, a Republican, serves as chairman of the county board’s judicial and public safety committee.

I wonder how the experience of being arrested in his own driveway will affect Mr. Eckhoff’s future thoughts about heavy-handed police tactics and DUI enforcement.